To the east of both McCall and Boise, is Idaho's famous Sun Valley. This year-round resort destination is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, boasting world-class skiing and snowboarding, fly fishing, rafting on the Salmon River, hiking, biking, snowshoeing and more.
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But did you also know that Sun Valley has a thriving art scene with monthly gallery walks? That this is the home of the world's first ski chairlift? That the region enjoys over 250 days of sunshine per year? The phenomenal weather and many things to do make this a very appealing choice for a vacation in the Sun Valley/Ketchum area!
In cold weather, this section of Northern Idaho turns into a winter wonderland. From your cozy ski condo, pack your skis and head to Bald Mountain for 3,400 vertical feet of slopes or the hundreds of perfectly groomed backcountry trails for nordic skiing and snowshoeing adventures. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and enjoy the laid-back nature of a Sun Valley ski vacation - uncrowded slopes, few lines, and a welcoming vibe.
Like its next door neighbor, Ketchum, Sun Valley also enjoys a close proximity to popular, sun-bathed Dollar Mountain - featuring perfect slopes for beginner to intermediate downhill skiers and snowboarders, cross-country skiing, the Sun Valley Nordic and Snowshoe Center, winter sleigh rides, and fine alpine-inspired dining at Konditorei at the lodge. You can even enjoy a freshly prepared four-course meal and then strap on your snowshoes for a moonlit walk after one of the full moon dinners at nearby Galena Lodge.
Of course, summertime brings just as much activity to this part of Idaho! You can ride up the lifts at Bald Mountain and cruise down on mountain bikes or just leisurely hike down while taking in all the sights. There's even paragliding off of Mt. Baldy for the daredevils. And it's no secret that Sun Valley is surrounded by some of the most breathtaking trout streams in the world. You may just want to rent some gear and try your luck catching your own dinner! Bring your prize back to prepare for a scrumptious dinner in your vacation rental's fully equipped kitchen.
Year-round, there's live music at the Sun Valley Pavilion, a blossoming arts scene, and annual festivals. Visitors in September can attend the Sun Valley Harvest Festival - the area's signature food and fine event. Other highlights include Crosstoberfest, a mix of cyclocross bike racing and beer, the annual Nordic Festival in late January/early March, and the Sun Valley Film Festival in March.
One thing is clear: whatever time of year you stay at a Sun Valley vacation rental, there will be something to delight you!